do some steel guitar strings last longer than others?

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I just got a really nice guitar and I wanted to know if some steel guitar strings last longer than any other steel guitar strings…. If so what brand would you recommend?

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Corrina

Are you a beginner? Either way, experience is the best teacher. Try a few different pairs, cheap if you can, and see. Someone could recommend a brand you’ll hate, or tell to avoid one you’ll love. Start small and experiment with your options.

Ghost of society

There are some that are made to last longer than others and the drawback is they cost a lot more. You would have to go to a music instrument store and ask them about the different strings available that are made to last longer than others. A few names of the strings that last longer than others is… Elixir, D’Addario EXP, Martin Lifespan SP. There are others but these are the ones that I can think of from seeing them and I cannot recommend any of them since I haven’t tried them. The Elixir brand always gets recommended to me from different music instrument stores.

LucasMan

In my experience, no.

Lots of brands claim that they last longer, usually touting some special coating that resists dirt and oil, but dirt and oil isn’t what makes strings sound crappy in the first place. When tuned to pitch, strings are under a lot of tension, and steel stretches under tension. As the steel stretches out, your tone goes down the toilet. No fancy coating can prevent that steel from stretching.

So don’t waste your money on fancy strings. Stick with something simple that’s been doing the job for thousands of guitarists for decades on end… like Ernie Ball.

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